DUNCAN, S.C. (NewsNation Now) — A group of men tackled and beat up a registered sex offender accused of looking at a teenager inside the women’s restroom at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in South Carolina on Sept. 20.
A 15-year-old said Douglas Lane, 53, of Charlotte, was looking at her while she was in the women’s restroom at the restaurant, according to police. The girl said she noticed something moving near her feet and realized it was a man’s head coming from the stall beside her.
After leaving the restroom, the girl told her father, who told an employee. There was at least one other person inside the restroom at the time of the alleged incident.
“I’ll never forget the way they looked after,” a witness said. “They were traumatized.”
Duncan Police Chief Carl Long said the girl’s father confronted Lane at the entrance to the bathroom.
According to Long, Lane tried to run away, but other fathers aware of the incident helped tackle Lane in the parking lot and restrained him until police arrived.
Lane’s phone was found on the bathroom floor and was taken by police.
Lane was charged with voyeurism, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is a registered sex offender and has been charged for peeping at least eight times prior to this incident.
NewsNation affiliate WSPA contributed to this report.